It's a strange distance 26.2 miles. So why is a marathon 26.2 miles? Legend has it that's roughly the distance between the Greek cities of Marathon and Athens. In 490 BC, the Greek army repelled a Persian naval invasion on the plains surrounding the coastal city of Marathon. A runner was sent to Athens to relay news of the victory. Upon reaching Athens, the young man shouted, "Rejoice, we conquer!" and fell to the ground dead.
Wow, that sounds happy!! I'm just glad he didn't run further because I'm not sure I could. The longest I've run during training is 20 miles and I pretty sure my body would have given out if I would have had to go 6.2 more miles that day. This Sunday during the Memorial Marathon, prayers, adrenaline and cheers from the crowd will carry me those last few miles. So if you're going to be out there Sunday, cheer loudly because those cheers may be the only thing carrying a runner over the finish line!